Why This Teacher Needs Jackie Goldberg on the School Board

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As I wind up my 24th year of teaching in Los Angeles classrooms , I pause to think of my past lives in different schools and neighborhoods. While presenting to students in Finland I always included a slide of past eras of my life such as growing up in the Eastside, college and adulthood in the Westside, teaching on the Southside, and married life in the Valley. Apart from being a native Angeleno, significant years of my life have been spent living in many parts of town, and teaching in many communities. I love all of them.

Which is why I have no doubt in my mind that what students all over L.A. need more than anything is an ally on the school board. My South Central students need a warrior who recognizes that our teachers’ strike was more than just a salary dispute, but a movement to reclaim our rightful place as agents of change in the profession we love. One that will help us do our jobs serving students. My West Valley students need a fighter who will challenge our legislators to …

Where is Richard Vladovic?

Richard Vladovic is one of the Board of Education representatives for South Central Los Angeles. At a recent board meeting he recused himself from voting on issuing pink slips to teachers because his son was pink-slipped, and he wanted to avoid a conflict of interest.

Parents, students and educators in South Central want to know: who is fighting for our schools? How can Vladovic be an effective advocate for students and schools in South Central L.A. if he abstains from voting on the issues that are pivotal to us?

Now, more than ever, it is apparent that if we are to survive the upcoming cuts, leadership must arise from the people themselves, not from those in positions of power that we have trusted to protect our schools and our students.

Read more about Richard Vladovic at :

http://beta.laschoolboard.org/vladovicbio

Read about his recusal at:

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-layoffs11-2009mar11,0,2401795.story

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